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100 Year Old Piano Bar

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Project by Michael posted 12-02-2015 12:27 AM 3486 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

100 Year Old Piano Bar

I’m back! This was a fun first project in my new (and greatly improved) shop. A buddy of mine sent me a photo of a similar project a few months ago…and the seed was planted. I’m very happy with the results.

I bought an old (circa 1913) Hobart Cable upright piano for $10 on eBay, rented a U-Haul truck and brought it back to my shop.

I took it completely apart, sanded off the old finish, and put it back together without the instrumentation creating an empty shell.
Then I outfit the inside to become a wine/liquor cabinet and added dimmable LED lights. The little bit of wood that I added is ambrosia maple. The wine bottle lattice is 1/4” plywood. The finish is Teak Oil.
The upper part of the cabinet can hold 20 bottles in the racks. The lower cabinet has a false bottom for storing the good stuff. When it’s all closed up it still looks like a 100 year old piano.

A video walk-through of the finished piece: https://youtu.be/Xw0qvw4q3y0

The final tune ever played by the piano: https://youtu.be/pC68FKjOM60

Removing the 100 year old finish (left) revealed a nice veneer (right).

The Before photo:

-- ~Michael, AnsbachArtisans.com





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#1 posted 12-02-2015 02:48 AM

Totally Awesome!

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 12:05 PM

That is cool, that is creative. Very nice

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 12:32 PM

Love the imagination behind it. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 01:41 PM

Taking that iron sound board out must have been a bear! But, the upside is your bar now weights in at 500lbs less than before! Nice work.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 07:46 PM

Inspired design. Have to ask – Is the piano bench a secret compartment humidor for cigars? Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 08:08 PM

Rather creative, I would say. Not like the piano bars where I used to hang out. Just curious- did the original piano have any collector’s value? With my luck, I would make a CD rack out of a piano and find it was worth $100k to a collector.

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 01:51 AM

Great idea and perfect execution.

-- --bch

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 06:13 PM

Very cool idea. I had an old electric or foot operated player piano, but, I sold it about 6 years ago. It worked very nicely and I had about 300 rolls of different collections of music. I really enjoyed hearing and watching it play. Your idea here is very cool and good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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